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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: May 26, 2013 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Story of the Betty Boards

re: a few Compendium footnotes (from the many unpublished stories)... "once a Taper, always a Taper"

I'm from the east coast. I left the area in 1974. I don't know any of the (Calif) peeps mentioned in "The story of the Betty Boards". Nor do I know any tapers, nor do I know any GD crew. I haven't read the commercial Taper Compendium(s). I don't own any GD memorabilia. I'm not a (private) Collector. But I did work for Ampex for 5 or 6 years during the late '70s and early '80s. While I was an Ampex field engineer, I attended a dozen classes at their Training Department in Redwood City, Calif. I met many Ampex design engineers. I met a few Ampex audio engineers. One Ampex audio engineer invited me to his place in Calif. We smoked some bowls of cheba and he played several GD sbd master tapes on his ATR-104 Ampex reel-to-reel tape deck.

Taper Jerry Moore (r.i.p.) appears to be the same age as me. He's from the same area as me — the NYC / NJ suburbs. He taped at least one show that I also taped — July 31, 1973. He said he started taping GD one day before I started taping GD. He said his first tapes were of OAITW on Friday, June 8, 1973, at the Culpeper-Warrenton Bluegrass Festival, in Virginia. My first tapes were Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at RFK in Washington, D.C.

Bob Menke's name is mentioned as the taper who supplied the tape deck to help get the Betty Boards transferred.

Bob Menke did me a BIG Favor last year! I made a huge mistake. I set the tape bias incorrectly on my tape deck when I transferred my Aug 1, 1973 tapes last year. I used mediocre equipment. This caused my tapes to sound abnormally lousy. Menke had the guts to call me out because of this. I totally respected that! This conversation occurred at Lossless Legs forum. That's how everything finally got sorted out with my tapes. I met the masterful Matt Smith while having this discussion. Thanks to Bob Menke, Matt Smith volunteered to transfer all my 1973 tapes in 24 / 96 resolution. All I can say is, I never heard my own tapes sound this good before! Notice how good GD's sound system by Alembic sounds!

My tapes are forty years old. I cannot remember (all this) stuff. I'm not wealthy (SS retirement). I cannot afford to buy thousands of dollars of audio gear. Thanks Bob Menke; thanks Matt Smith; thanks Charlie Miller; thanks Bill Gadsden... just to name a few.

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counterculture message from an old taper